DENTAL EMERGENCY

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DENTAL EMERGENCIES - WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Dental emergencies can happen at any time and range from an agonising toothache to a chipped or knocked-out tooth.

A calm, rational response can help prevent tooth loss and minimise the risk of permanent damage.

BELOW INCLUDES A RESOURCE FOR FEES, TREATMENT OPTIONS AND STAGES, AND TIPS IN THE EVENT OF A DENTAL EMERGENCY AND WHAT A TYPICAL APPOINTMENT CAN INVOLVE AT VICTORIAN DENTAL GROUP

A KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH

WHAT TO DO WITH A KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH?

The first step is to stay calm and to try and locate the missing tooth. Handle it by the crown (the top), not the root, without scraping or rubbing away any tissue fragments. If possible, rinse the tooth quickly in milk or some saliva to remove any dirt or debris. Then try to gently hold it in place in the socket. If you’re not able to replant the tooth, keep it moist by immersing it in milk or saliva (not water), sealing it in plastic wrap, or placing it in the person’s mouth next to the cheek (This is not recommended for small children due to risk of a choking hazard). Time is critical in saving the tooth so contact VICTORIAN DENTAL GROUP immediately for an emergency appointment. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR A KNOCKED OUT TOOTH?

When you have an appointment for a knocked-out tooth at our Malvern-based clinic, the primary goal is to try to save the tooth and reattach it if possible. Here’s an overview of what could happen during an appointment to manage and treat a knocked out tooth:

  1. EVALUATION AND EXAMINATION:

    Upon your arrival at Victorian Dental Group, the dentist or dental professional will conduct a thorough evaluation of your knocked-out tooth. They will examine the tooth and assess the extent of the damage, as well as evaluate the condition of the surrounding teeth and gums.

    Fees Typically Associated with an initial examination of a knocked out tooth – CODE 013 LIMITED EXAMINATION $70

  2. TOOTH RE-IMPLANTATION & STABILIZATION :

    If the tooth is still viable for reattachment, the dentist will carefully clean the tooth and the socket to remove any debris or bacteria. Then, they will gently reinsert the tooth into its original position in the socket. The dentist will ensure that the tooth is correctly aligned and properly seated. After re-implantation, the dentist may need to stabilize the tooth to promote proper healing. This can be achieved by using a splint, which is a flexible or rigid device that holds the tooth in place. The splint helps to prevent movement or displacement of the tooth while the surrounding tissues and ligaments heal.

    Fees Typically Associated with stabilisation of a knocked out tooth – Approximately $200

  3. X-RAYS

    X-rays may be taken to assess the condition of the tooth root and determine if there are any fractures or additional damage.

    Fees Typically Associated – CODE 022 Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure $70

  4. PAIN MANAGEMENT

    If you experience any pain or discomfort during the appointment, the dentist may provide local anesthesia or prescribe pain medication to help alleviate your symptoms. They will also discuss pain management strategies and provide you with any necessary prescriptions or recommendations.

  5. POST-TREATMENT CARE:

    After the appointment, your practitioner will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the re-implanted tooth. This typically includes guidelines on oral hygiene, dietary restrictions, and how to avoid putting excessive pressure on the tooth during the healing period. It’s crucial to follow these instructions diligently to improve the chances of successful reattachment.

  6.  A FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENT

    Your practitioner will arrange a follow-up appointment to monitor the progress and ensure proper reintegration of the tooth.

    Fees Typically Associated with a review of a knocked out tooth – CODE 013 LIMITED EXAMINATION – Approximately $70

It’s important to note that the success of reattaching a knocked-out tooth depends on various factors, including the time between the tooth loss and the re-implantation, the condition of the tooth, and the patient’s oral health. Immediate dental attention significantly increases the likelihood of a successful outcome. Call Victorian Dental Group now on 90885805

Remember, this description is a general overview, and the actual procedures, steps, and fees may vary depending on your specific circumstances. It is important to understand that there are risks associated with the reimplantation procedure. Despite prompt and appropriate dental care, the reattachment may not be successful in all cases. Factors such as the length of time between tooth loss and reimplantation, the condition of the tooth, and individual healing responses can affect the outcome. In some instances, the tooth may not integrate back into the socket or may experience complications that lead to its loss. Remember, every dental emergency is unique, and outcomes can vary. It is important to consult with a dental professional promptly for an accurate assessment and personalized treatment plan.

CHIPPED, BROKEN OR CRACKED TOOTH

WHAT TO DO WITH A CHIPPED TOOTH?

Clean the area by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Use an ice pack wrapped in a clean towel or a cold compress on the face if needed to help reduce any swelling. The urgency depends on the severity of the damage, but only a dental practitioner can discern how serious the condition is. It is recommended that you contact VICTORIAN DENTAL GROUP as soon as possible for an examination and evaluation of the situation.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR A KNOCKED OUT TOOTH?

When you have an appointment for a chipped tooth at our Malvern-based clinic, here’s an overview of what could happen during an appointment: 

  1. EVALUATION AND EXAMINATION:

    Upon your arrival at Victorian Dental Group, the dentist or dental professional will examine the chipped tooth and evaluate the severity of the damage. They will assess the size and location of the chip, as well as any potential impact on the tooth’s structure and function.

    Fees Typically Associated with an initial examination of a Chipped or Broken tooth – CODE 013 LIMITED EXAMINATION $70

  2. X-RAYS:

    In some cases, the dentist may take X-rays to assess the underlying tooth structure and ensure there are no fractures or other hidden damage that may not be visible to the naked eye.

    Fees Typically Associated – CODE 022 Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure $55

  3. TREATMENT OPTIONS:

    Based on the evaluation, and that the tooth is indeed restorable, the dentist will discuss the available treatment options with you. The specific treatment will depend on the size of the chip, the location of the tooth, and your preferences. Whilst your practitioner will make every effort to restore your tooth at the time of your appointment, this may not be possible as the treatment option may require additional time.

    Common treatment options for a chipped tooth include:

    • Dental FillingFor minor chips, dental bonding or filling may be recommended. The dentist will apply a tooth-coloured composite resin to the chipped area, shaping and polishing it to match the natural appearance of the tooth. Fees typically associated with a Dental Filling range depending on the size and complexity of the filling, with an approximate range of $200-$600. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

    • Dental Veneers: If the chip is more significant or affects the front teeth, dental veneers may be suggested. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth, covering the chipped area and improving the tooth’s appearance. Veneers usually require two to three visits. You can learn more about Dental Veneers here

      Fees typically associated with a Dental Veneers are approximately $2200 per tooth. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

    • Dental Crowns: For larger chips or cases where the tooth’s structural integrity is compromised, a dental crown may be recommended. A dental crown is a custom-made cap that covers the entire tooth, providing protection and restoring its shape, function, and appearance. Crown placement typically involves two to three visits.

      Fees typically associated with a Dental Crown are approximately $2200 per tooth. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

  4. PROCEDURE:

    Once you and the dentist have agreed on the treatment plan, discussions will be made then about what subsequent appointments are needed. Your dentist may place a temporary restoration on the tooth if considered necessary.

    Fees typically associated with a temporary dental filling are approximately $150 per tooth.

Remember, this description is a general overview, and the actual procedures, steps, and fees may vary depending on your specific circumstances. Remember, every dental emergency is unique, and outcomes can vary. It is important to consult with a dental professional promptly for an accurate assessment and personalized treatment plan.

LOST FILLING OR CROWN

If a cavity develops underneath a filling or crown, it can become loose and eventually fall out. It can be rather painful because the exposed middle layer (dentine) of the tooth will be sensitive to any hot or cold foods. A new filling or crown may be needed, so visit your dentist as soon as you can to discuss possible treatment options.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR A LOST FILLING OR CROWN?

When you have an appointment for a lost filling or crown at our Malvern-based clinic, here’s an overview of what could happen during an appointment:

  1. EVALUATION AND EXAMINATION:

    When you visit Victorian Dental Group for a lost filling or crown, the dentist will examine the affected tooth and assess the extent of the damage. They will evaluate the remaining tooth structure, check for any underlying issues, and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.

    Fees Typically Associated with an initial examination of a Chipped or Broken tooth – CODE 013 LIMITED EXAMINATION $70

  2. DISCUSSION OF TREATMENT OPTIONS:

    Based on the evaluation, the dentist will discuss the available treatment options with you. The specific treatment will depend on the size of the filling or crown loss, the condition of the remaining tooth structure, and your preferences. Whilst your practitioner will make every effort to restore your tooth at the time of your appointment, this may not be possible as the treatment option may require additional time.

    Common treatment options for a lost filling or crown include:

    • Refilling: If the filling is lost, but the remaining tooth structure is healthy and intact, the dentist may recommend simply refilling the cavity. They will remove any decay or damaged material and place a new filling to restore the tooth’s function and integrity.

      Fees typically associated with a Dental Filling range depending on the size and complexity of the filling, with an approximate range of $200-$600.

    • Dental Crown ReplacementIf a crown is lost or damaged, the dentist may recommend replacing it with a new crown. They will prepare the tooth by removing any remaining parts of the old crown and shaping the tooth to accommodate the new crown. Crown placement typically involves two to three visits. An impression of the tooth will be taken to create a custom-made crown, which will be placed during a subsequent visit.

      Fees typically associated with a Dental Crown are approximately $2300 per tooth. Your practitioner will provide you with an estimate once your examination is completed.

  3. TEMPORARY MEASURES:

    In some cases, the dentist may need to provide temporary measures to protect the tooth and alleviate discomfort while waiting for the permanent restoration. This may involve placing a temporary filling or crown on the tooth until the final restoration can be placed.

    Fees typically associated with a temporary dental filling are approximately $150 per tooth.

Remember, this description is a general overview, and the actual procedures, steps, and fees may vary depending on your specific circumstances. Remember, every dental emergency is unique, and outcomes can vary. It is important to consult with a dental professional promptly for an accurate assessment and personalized treatment plan.

TOOTHACHE

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR A TOOTHACHE?

Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin directly on your aching tooth or gums as it may burn and damage the gum tissue. For quick relief, ask your dentist or pharmacist about any over-the-counter pain medication. If the pain persists, see your dentist as soon as possible.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR A TOOTHACHE?

When you have an appointment for a toothache at our Malvern-based clinic, here’s an overview of what could happen during an appointment:

  1. PATIENT HISTORY AND EXAMINATION:

    When you visit Victorian Dental Group for a toothache, the dentist or dental professional will begin by gathering information about your dental and medical history. They will then conduct a thorough examination of the affected tooth and surrounding area to determine the cause of the toothache.

    Fee associated can include either a Limited ($70) or Comprehensive ($95) Dental Examination.

  2. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS:

    The dentist will work to identify the underlying cause of the toothache. Common causes may include tooth decay, dental abscess, gum infection, tooth fracture, or impacted wisdom teeth. The dentist will explain the findings to you and discuss the recommended treatment options. In some cases, the dentist may perform additional diagnostic tests to evaluate the toothache further. This may include taking dental X-rays to assess the tooth’s structure, checking for signs of decay or infection, or using other diagnostic tools to pinpoint the source of the pain.

    Examples of Diagnostic Tests that could be performed and estimated fees associated:

    CODE 022 – Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure $55

    OR/AND

    CODE 037 – Panoramic radiograph – per exposure $165

    OR/AND

    CODE 061 – Pulp testing – per appointment $30-$60

    This diagnostic test list is not exhaustive of all possible diagnostic tests that may be necessary for your situation.

  3. PAIN ASSESSMENT AND RELIEF:

    The dentist will assess the severity and nature of your toothache to determine the appropriate pain relief measures. This may involve providing local anesthesia to numb the area or prescribing pain medication to alleviate discomfort.

  4. TREATMENT OPTIONS:

    Based on the diagnosis, the dentist will discuss the available treatment options with you. The specific treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the toothache and the extent of the problem. Whilst your practitioner will make every effort to restore your tooth at the time of your appointment, this may not be possible as the treatment option may require additional time. Possible treatment options for a toothache may include:

    • Tooth Filling or Restoration: If tooth decay or a cavity is causing the toothache, the dentist may recommend removing the decayed portion and placing a dental filling or restoration to restore the tooth’s structure and function.

      Fees typically associated with a Dental Filling range depending on the size and complexity of the filling, with an approximate range of $200-$600.

    • Root Canal Therapy: If the toothache is caused by an infected or inflamed dental pulp, the dentist may recommend root canal therapy. This involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and sealing it with a filling material. This is often carried out over several appointments.

    • Fees typically associated with a Root Canal Therapy range depending on the tooth and the number of infected canals, with an approximate range between $1800-$2500

    • Tooth Extraction: In cases where the tooth is extensively damaged, decayed beyond repair, or impacted, the dentist may recommend tooth extraction. The extraction can provide immediate relief from the toothache and prevent further complications.

    • Fees typically associated with a Tooth Extraction depend on the complexity of the surgical involvement, with an approximate range between $400-$650

    • Antibiotics and Medications: If the toothache is due to an infection or abscess, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to control the infection. They may also prescribe pain medications or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage the discomfort.

      Remember, this description is a general overview, and the actual procedures, steps, and fees may vary depending on your specific circumstances. Remember, every dental emergency is unique, and outcomes can vary. It is important to consult with a dental professional promptly for an accurate assessment and personalized treatment plan.

ABSCESS

This is a localised infection that usually forms at the root of the tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. This painful condition can damage tissue and surrounding teeth if left untreated. An abscess can cause more widespread infections and can in severe circumstances, be life-threatening. So, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Regular warm salt water rinsing can help to alleviate discomfort until you’re able to see your dentist.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT WHEN YOU HAVE A SUSPECTED DENTAL ABSCESS?

  1. PATIENT HISTORY AND EXAMINATION:

    When you visit Victorian Dental Group for a dental abscess, the dentist or dental professional will begin by gathering information about your dental and medical history. They will then conduct a thorough examination of the affected area, including the tooth, gums, and surrounding tissues, to assess the extent of the abscess and determine the appropriate course of action.

    Fee associated can include either a Limited ($70) or Comprehensive ($95) Dental Examination.

  2. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS:

    In addition to the examination, the dentist may perform diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of a dental abscess and identify its severity. This may include taking dental X-rays to assess the affected tooth and surrounding structures, as well as possibly using other imaging techniques or tests to evaluate the extent of the infection.

    CODE 022 – Intraroal periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure $55

    OR/AND

    CODE 037 – Panoramic radiograph – per exposure $165

  3. PAIN ASSESSMENT AND RELIEF:

    The dentist will assess the level of pain and discomfort you are experiencing and provide immediate relief. This may involve administering local anesthesia to numb the area or prescribing pain medication to alleviate the pain associated with the abscess.

  4. DRAINAGE AND TREATMENT:

    To address the dental abscess, the dentist will focus on removing the infection and draining the pus buildup. Whilst your practitioner will make every effort to restore your tooth at the time of your appointment, this may not be possible as the treatment option may require additional time.

    This may be done through one or more of the following approaches:

    • Incision and Drainage: If the abscess is localized and accessible, the dentist may make a small incision in the gum or tooth to allow for the drainage of pus. This helps to relieve pressure, reduce pain, and facilitate the healing process.

    • Root Canal Therapy: In cases where the dental abscess is caused by an infection within the tooth’s pulp, the dentist may recommend root canal therapy. This involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and sealing it to prevent further infection. This is often carried out over several appointments.

    • Fees typically associated with a Root Canal Therapy range depending on the tooth and the number of infected canals, with an approximate range between $1800-$2500

    • Tooth Extraction: If the abscess is extensive or the tooth is severely damaged and cannot be saved, the dentist may recommend tooth extraction. This removes the source of infection and allows for the initiation of healing. In some cases, the dentist may postpone extraction until the infection is under control.

      Fees typically associated with a Tooth Extraction depend on the complexity of the surgical involvement, with an approximate range between $400-$650

    • Prescription Medications: Depending on the severity of the abscess and associated infection, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help eliminate the infection and prevent its spread.

Remember, this description is a general overview, and the actual procedures, steps, and fees may vary depending on your specific circumstances. Remember, every dental emergency is unique, and outcomes can vary. It is important to consult with a dental professional promptly for an accurate assessment and personalized treatment plan.

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